2018 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards
The Odebrecht corruption scandal continued to reverberate across Latin America’s project finance market over the past year, halting projects and spurring regulatory change. Bankruptcy woes at Spanish companies also posed challenges for some projects.
But the adversity led to creativity and resourcefulness. The traditional role of Brazilian national development bank BNDES changed. It was no longer the sole funding source in Brazil as issuers opted for local currency infrastructure bonds. Throughout the region, project developers increasingly turned to local currency financing structures.
Other projects were revived after a change in sponsor ownership helped to improve financing opportunities.
Work on Chile’s Cerro Dominador resumed after two years, breathing new life into South America’s only solar-thermal project after the previous sponsor ran into financial difficulties. In Mexico, the gas thermal plant Norte III also stalled before it was rescued by Macquarie.
Emerging markets investor Actis bet big on gas-powered initiatives, acquiring a large portfolio of assets in Mexico through project bonds. In Central America, Colombia’s Celsia issued the largest-ever dollar bond in Panama’s local market, while Petroperú set a new benchmark for Peruvian companies with the country’s first 30-year corporate issuance to finance and expand its Talara refinery.
Mexico City’s new airport trust pushed new boundaries with a sizeable Fibra-E instrument in local currency. In Brazil, gas-powered thermal project CELSE issued an internationally-marketed, real-denominated bond that served as a catalyst for other large projects looking to the capital markets.
Odinsa and El Condor brought first-time investors to Colombia to help finance the Pacifico II 4G toll road, while Brazil’s Entrevias welcomed a new sponsor that turned to the capital markets instead of BNDES.
SMBC again demonstrated its dominance in the project finance market, working on a range of deals from solar projects in Peru to wind in Chile and thermal efforts in Mexico among others. Itaú BBA occupied some of the space left by BNDES while Natixis facilitated thee transformative transactions in Mexico.
Milbank, Clifford Chance, Machado Meyer and Galicia Abogados were all involved in noteworthy deals, navigating a world of changing laws and new rules brought on by the Lava Jato investigation.
Although not on the winners list, projects such as Fisterra’s financing for the Tierra Mojada gas-fired power plant in Mexico and Stoneway’s bond sale in Argentina were also notable deals.
The winning deals recognized in this year’s Project and Infrastructure Awards were selected by LatinFinance’s editorial staff after examining information provided by market participants and publicly available data on the projects. LatinFinance evaluated deals that closed between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
The winners of our 2018 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards were revealed at our Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards Dinner and in the September/October issue of LatinFinance. Click any winner for the full writeup.
Best Local Currency Financing and Best Airport Financing:
New International Airport of Mexico City (NAICM)
Best Port Financing:
Best Road Financing:
Entrevias Concessionária de Rodovias
Best Transport Financing:
Best Renewable Energy Financing and Best Infrastructure Financing-Andes:
Best Power Financing:
Best Oil & Gas Financing:
Best Bond and Best Infrastructure Financing-Brazil:
Best Infrastructure Financing-Central America:
Best Infrastructure Financing-Mexico:
Best Infrastructure Law Firm-Andes:
Best Infrastructure Law Firm-Mexico:
Best Infrastructure Law Firm-Brazil:
Best Infrastructure Law Firm-Latin America:
Best Infrastructure Bank-Brazil:
Best Infrastructure Bank-Mexico:
Best Infrastructure Bank-Andes and Best Infrastructure Bank-Latin America:
Best Project Sponsor:
The following deals and firms were shortlisted for our 2018 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards.
Outstanding Local Currency Financing
Porto de Sergipe
Ruta al Mar
Outstanding Airport Financing
Rio Galeao Long-term Financing
Outstanding Port Financing
Outstanding Road Financing
Ruta al Mar
Outstanding Transport Financing
Outstanding Renewable Energy Financing
Outstanding Power Financing
Porto de Sergipe
Outstanding Oil & Gas Financing
Ruta al Mar
Stoneway (honorable mention)
Outstanding Infrastructure Financing-Caribbean
Outstanding Infrastructure Financing-Central America
Monte Plata Solar Power Plant
Outstanding Infrastructure Financing-Andes
Ruta al Mar
Outstanding Infrastructure Financing-Brazil
Belo Monte Transmissora de Energia - Bipole I
Outstanding Infrastructure Financing-Mexico
GACM Fibra E
Outstanding Infrastructure Law Firm-Andes
Outstanding Infrastructure Law Firm-Mexico
Outstanding Infrastructure Law Firm-Brazil
Outstanding Infrastructure Law Firm-Latin America
White & Case
Outstanding Infrastructure Bank-Andes
Outstanding Infrastructure Bank-Brazil
Outstanding Infrastructure Bank-Mexico
Outstanding Infrastructure Bank-Latin America
Outstanding Project Sponsor
Click any of the sections below for full details on the selection process.
LatinFinance’s 2018 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards recognize the most impressive transactions and institutions in a field critical to the region's economic progress.
The categories for LatinFinance's 2018 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards are:
- Best Local Currency Financing
- Best Airport Financing
- Best Port Financing
- Best Road Financing
- Best Transport Financing
- Best Renewable Energy Financing
- Best Power Financing
- Best Oil & Gas Financing
- Best Loan
- Best Bond
- Best Infrastructure Financing: Caribbean
- Best Infrastructure Financing: Central America
- Best Infrastructure Financing: Andes
- Best Infrastructure Financing: Brazil
- Best Infrastructure Financing: Mexico
- Best Infrastructure Law Firm: Andes
- Best Infrastructure Law Firm: Mexico
- Best Infrastructure Law Firm: Brazil
- Best Infrastructure Law Firm: Latin America
- Best Infrastructure Bank: Andes
- Best Infrastructure Bank: Brazil
- Best Infrastructure Bank: Mexico
- Best Infrastructure Bank: Latin America
- Best Project Sponsor
The following lists highlight the main criteria to be used in judging LatinFinance’s 2018 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards.
For all categories, we consider transactions that have closed between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
Categories 1 to 15 will be judged on:
- Market significance, strategic importance, and groundbreaking qualities
- Structural aspects of the transaction, including complexity, innovation and size
- Execution, including price and demand achieved compared to other references in the market and with regard to conditions at the time
- Secondary market performance, and reception by peers and investors
- Geographical reach, where relevant
Categories 16 to 24 will be judged on:
- Overall strategy, volume and diversity of transactions
- Innovation and foresight
- Execution quality and success of transactions worked on
- Role in particularly complex, innovative, or large deals over the year
- Quantity of transactions worked on over the year, and compared to previous years
LatinFinance's 2018 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards are decided by LatinFinance's editors, following an extensive research process. The key elements of each step of the process are outlined below.
Banks, law firms, and companies working in infrastructure finance may nominate one transaction in each category for consideration. Nominations are due by July 10, 2018, and must use the official nomination form.
Between July 11 and August 10, 2018, LatinFinance will discuss the relative merits of shortlisted transactions and institutions with a wide range of market participants. Institutions that submit nominations may at the same time request a call or meeting with LatinFinance's judging panel to discuss their submission.
Examination of financial data
LatinFinance will research transaction data and other publicly available information for each of the nominated transactions and institutions. As is relevant in each category, such data will include, but will not be limited to: presentations on the projects being financed, stock exchange filings, transaction pricing details, secondary market trading data.
LatinFinance's editorial team retains discretion over the final allocation of awards in each category. The final decision will be based on nominations, market consultation, research of financial data, and feedback on transactions over the course of the past 12 months.
We will be publish a short list of finalists on August 24. Winners will be informed following publication of the short list, with the news embargoed until the publication of the September edition of LatinFinance. Awards will be presented at LatinFinance’s Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards Dinner in October.
Nominations for the 2018 awards ended on July 10. Banks, law firms, and companies working in infrastructure finance were able to nominate one transaction or institution in each category.
LatinFinance will present winners with their awards at the Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards Dinner on October 3, 2018, in New York City. This event is by invitation only. For more information, visit our Project & Infrastructure Awards Dinner page or contact Andreia Amyradakis, Regional Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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